Pleneau Bay ( 65° 06′ S, 64° 04′ W )

Sandwiched between the very early sunrise and the very late sunset was a day filled with wonder.  We boarded the zodiacs at 5:30 a.m. to cruise around Pleneau Bay, enjoying the incredible early morning light.  The bookend to that was after dinner, when we again took to the zodiacs to take in the bay at sunset.  Talk about sweet light, we got it all that day!

Pleneau Bay is just south of the Lemaire Channel and separates Hovgaard island from the Antarctic Peninsula.  At the northwest end of the bay is a passage between Hovgaard  Island and Booth Island, where there lies an iceberg graveyard.  Many of the icebergs have come from as far south as the Ross Ice Shelf and run aground here in the bay.  There were so many different shapes and colors, and it was all just accentuated by the early morning and late evening light.  Not much more to say about this magical place, I’ll let the images speak for themselves!

be sure to click to see them larger!

This entry was posted in Antarctica, Landscape.


  1. Steve Hirsch February 12, 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    Mark these are awesome!!!!!

  2. admin February 12, 2014 at 7:19 pm #

    Thank you, Steve. It’s easy to put together shots like that when the subject is just so perfect!

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